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Shegelski, Mark R A

(1957-    ) Canadian physicist, teacher and author whose first book, Remembering the Future (coll of linked stories 2009), ingeniously deploys problems in Physics and other sciences as challenges to the protagonist of the tales here assembled; he has discovered that he suffers from a form of Precognition, so that he finds himself (as it were) in the "past" of future events he might wish to change. But Time Paradoxes, and other principles governing the ineluctable reality of ...

Bérard, Cyprien

(?   -?   ) French journalist and author of whom little is known, beyond his opportunistic rehash of John Polidori' s The Vampyre (1819), initially thought to have been written by Lord Byron, the real life model who most resembled its protagonist, and the fact that he has sometimes been confused with Charles Nodier. Lord Ruthwen ou Les Vampires (1820; trans Brian Stableford as The Vampire Lord Ruthwen 2011), for which Nodier wrote an introduction which does not in ...

Wang Xiaoda

(1939-    ) Chinese author and professor. Born to a relatively well-off family in China's troubled period of Japanese invasion and civil war, Wang graduated in mechanical engineering and worked in an auto parts manufacturing plant throughout the 1960s and 1970s. During the Cultural Revolution, he was briefly a group leader of a faction in Sichuan called the "Industrial Army", and became involved in an infamous war of words and ideologies between rival factories in Chengdu. ...

Petaja, Emil

(1915-2000) US author of Finnish descent, most of whose earlier fiction was fantasy rather than sf; occasionally he wrote as E Theodore Pine (once with Henry L Hasse), though only in magazines. He began publishing in 1935 with "The Two Doors" for the semiprozine Unusual Stories; his first professional sale was "Time Will Tell" for Amazing in June 1942. Some of his early work can be found in Stardrift, and Other Fantastic Flotsam (coll 1971). A friend of Hannes Bok, Petaja founded the Bokanalia ...

Deluge

Film (1933). RKO. Directed by Felix E Feist. Written by John Goodrich, Warren B Duff, based on Deluge (1928) by S Fowler Wright. Cast includes Sidney Blackmer, Peggy Shannon and Lois Wilson. 70 minutes. Black and white. / One of the first Disaster movies, this is an impressive spectacle showing first the destruction of much of California and then of New York by a series of earthquakes and tidal waves, leading to a modestly effective Last Man ordeal for Martin Webster (Blackmer) in ...

Nicholls, Peter

(1939-2018) Australian editor and author, primarily a critic and historian of sf through his creation and editing of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction [see below]; resident in the UK 1970-1988, in Australia from 1988; worked as an academic in English literature (1962-1968, 1971-1977), scripted television documentaries, was a Harkness Fellow in Film-making (1968-1970) in the USA, worked as a publisher's editor (1982-1983), often broadcast film and book reviews on BBC Radio from 1974 and ...



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